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Iona Abbey and Nunnery

Iona Abbey is an ancient holy place. Founded by St Columba in 563, the early monastery was a powerhouse of Christian learning. Great works of art were created here, including Iona's iconic high crosses and the world-famous Book of Kells. Despite devastating Viking raids, the abbey continued to thrive, transformed into a Benedictine monastery in about 1200. Pilgrims have travelled here for centuries and the abbey remains a vibrant centre of Christianity. Its buildings were restored in the 1900s and in 1938, the Iona Community was founded to revive its traditions of work, worship and teaching.

Highlights of a visit include the abbey church, high crosses, Columba's shrine and site of the saint's writing cell. Iona also boasts Scotland's finest collection of carved stones and crosses, now on display in the Abbey Museum. Also nearby are the attractive ruins of the Augustinian nunnery - a rare survival in Scotland.
T: 01681 700512
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W: www.historicenvironment.scot/iona-abbey/
A: Isle of Iona, Argyll, PA76 6SQ
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